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Behind the Economic Analysis
As many of you already know, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors spent $25,000 to hire Dr. Stephen Fuller (Dwight Schar Faculty Chair and University Professor / Director for Regional Analysis, George Mason University) to perform an economic analysis/comparison on the 2008 and 2010 proposed comprehensive plans.
He presented his findings to the board last month, and will address the board again this evening. He recently circulated a more complete report. I only have the report in Microsoft Word format, which is not compatible with this here blog post. I’ll try to get it reformatted and posted here as soon as I can. Check it here.
This is the end of Fuller’s conclusion:
“In the final analysis, the fiscal impacts associated with the proposed 2008 and 2010 comprehensive plans are small and the net fiscal differences between the two plans are insufficient by themselves to determine which plan is better for the County. Fiscal impact is only one measure by which these planning alternatives should be judged. The bigger question is what should the future of Stafford County look like? Twenty years from now, the land use pattern put in place today will have shaped the County’s future and its ability to compete for the economic development and investment necessary to support an increasing quality of public services and a advancing economic base that will favor higher value added employment opportunities within the County making it less of a bed-room suburb and more of an employment center.”